Thursday, April 06, 2006

Who is NOW the disadvantaged sex?


As I was perusing Erie blogs for interesting things to read, I came across a blog that said girls are more disadvantaged than boys are, education wise. Now, I'm not trying to slam this person, but I have a different point of view, with research to back it up.

10 or even 5 years ago, this may have been true. But here's the new research on that topic: boys are falling behind girls in education. We've put a lot of "safeguards" in place for girls to achieve in school. These safeguards were meant to level the playing field. but guess what? They didn't. While girls were being given every advantage and opportunity to succeed, we have neglected the boys. Now, this is what has happened:

"By almost every benchmark, boys across the nation and in every demographic group are falling behind. In elementary school, boys are two times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with learning disabilities and twice as likely to be placed in special-education classes. High-school boys are losing ground to girls on standardized writing tests. The number of boys who said they didn't like school rose 71 percent between 1980 and 2001, according to a University of Michigan study. Nowhere is the shift more evident than on college campuses. Thirty years ago men represented 58 percent of the undergraduate student body. Now they're a minority at 44 percent. This widening achievement gap, says Margaret Spellings, U.S. secretary of Education, 'has profound implications for the economy, society, families and democracy.'" ~Newsweek

You can read the full article here

That's not enough research for you? Ok, how about this:

"Based on an extensive analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Study (NLS), the High School & Beyond (HSB), and the National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS), Riordan (1998) concluded there is no evidence for a one-way gender gap favoring males beyond 1992 in public secondary schools. As of 1992, females possess a significant advantage on most central educational outcome indicators. Boys, rather than girls, are now on the short end of the gender gap in many secondary school outcomes." ~ Eric Digest

This is a full blown digest full of research to support this. You can read the digest here.

Do I need to show more? I'm sure you've gotten the gist. I'm not trying to demean girls. I am one! I'm just saying that enough is enough in the "gender war/gap" stuff. In trying to give the edge to girls, we have left the boys in the dust. This is a big reason why I am not sure public school is a great place for our boys. Not to mention the lack of strong, positive male role models. I could go on all night!

If you have boys, I strongly recommend the book "Bringing up boys" by Dr. James Dobson. Fabulous look into what is happening to our boys in todays society.

Ok, I am off my soap box, now :)

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